List of porn site visitors won’t be made: Tarana
06:09 PM, December 13, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:31 PM, December 15, 2016

List of porn site visitors won’t be made: Tarana

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Terming it technically impossible, State minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim today said the government will not prepare a list of porn site visitors as it is bound and committed to protect privacy of its citizens.

She made the comment on her verified Facebook page today following confusion over her yesterday’s remarks on blocking the porn sites.

“I have never mentioned that the list of names of porn website visitors will be published… Technically it is not possible. We’re bound and committed to protect private information and identity of people,” she said in the post.

She came down heavily on the Facebook users who allegedly posted negative status and trolled the issue based on “baseless rumour” and without verification.

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“People have their rights to express their opinions, to identify our mistakes. But none including both myself and you has the rights to insult anybody without knowing the facts,” she said.

Yesterday, the state minister said that the government will begin blocking websites that contain locally generated pornography, obscene pictures and video contents, from next week.

She said that a committee was formed to detect the porn sites and provide a list to the Internet Service Providers and Internet Gateway Operators to block those, according to the Facebook post.

On November 28, Tarana met Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, law enforcement agencies, ICT division, telecom department and information ministry officials to discuss the issue and formed a committee to find out a way to detect the porn sites.

Last year the High Court directed the government to stop pornography and obscene picture from being uploaded and sent through mobile phones and social media including Facebook and Twitter.

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